Tuesday 30 September 2008

Saigon company to launch new ship

Source: Seatrade Insider

Saigon-based Trails of Indochina will launch the first ship for its new Heritage Cruise Line in August next year.

The 58-mtr Jayavarman, which is being built in Vietnam at a cost of around US$4m, will operate three-, four-, five- and eight-day cruises between Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, the port for Angkor Wat.

The family-owned Trails of Indochina, which was established in 1998, is also the major shareholder in Halong Cruises which operates one- and two-night cruises around Halong Bay with the luxury junks Jasmine and Ginger (pic above). A third junk, Violet, will enter service next May.

Brett Morgan, the Queensland-based representative for Trails of Indochina in Australia and New Zealand, has told Seatrade Insider that Jayavarman will be the most luxurious boutique cruise ship on the Mekong River.

Morgan said each of the 27 staterooms will have a private balcony and the ship’s facilities include a spa, shop, library and two spacious lounge areas. He said the dining room will serve Asian and Western cuisine.

Morgan said plans for a second Heritage Cruise Line ship are on the drawing board.

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